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"Question Max Watts: Can you, the Human Shields, leave - if you want to ? (as the Australian Government has been pressing you to) Answer Waratah: We can. But we won't. Q: Some of the Warniks, trying to put these efforts down, say you are "hostages" to Saddam, have to go where told. A: Utter nonsense. As usual. We chose where we want to go, our sites."

 

FROM BAGHDAD: THE LATEST ... UNCENSORED
(from WAYNE C-J and ROSEMARIE GILLESPIE)

by MAX WATTS

4:19am Thu Mar 20 '03

article#27782
via RosieK@bigpond.com

Source - Sydney Indymedia: http://sydney.indymedia.org
This news story: http://sydney.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=27782&group=webcast

Dial: 964 - Iraq - Country code: 1 - for Baghdad - and his Hotel, 717 2788;
And hear, a loud, clear, and ? American ?? recorded voice:
"Calls to this country are NOT PERMITTED - Message 22"
I guess: too late ! they've pulled the plug !

MAX: I had a bad nite - this am. In the small hours - between midnite and 1:30 am - we received emails from Baghdad, both from Rosemarie with the Human Shields and from Wayne, still working at making films under - difficult conditions.

Here is his - what I then feared - would be his last email:


From Wayne Coles-Janess
To: Max Watts

Tue, 18 Mar 2003 22:01:06

Sent a few emails over the last couple of days, a letter to the editor, etc.... not sure  whether they have got through or not? Anyway, things don't look too good! I'll wait to see if you have got them or not?

MAX: If anyone needs an ulcer, try sending emails to tell people YES WE HAVE GOT YOUR EMS - AND REALISE THEY ARE NOT GETTING YOUR REPLIES..

My new hotel number is 717 2788, or 718 2407; room 506, if you wanna - need to call. All the aussie media has pulled out!

MW: Some in fact are still around, but the ABC high-tailed it to Jordan. When I asked why, "we don't want our people to get killed". Of course. The Iraqis, Peace Teams (see below) and Human shields are, I guess, used to it. Being killed.

I was hoping to borrow some cash and stock?

- - -

MAX: Wayne and Rosemarie have, on several recent occasions, had to choose  between "getting the news out" (costs some money..) and eating. They chose the first.

WAYNE IS LOOKING FOR WORK, PAID WORK, AS A CAMERA-PERSON IN BAGHDAD

- - -

WAYNE: Maybe the US or European broadcasters might be interested in the land that they are going to bomb??

Hope that things are going well? - I need some sleep ...

MAX: me too !! (I'm too old for this I thought I had retired !)

Hope to hear from you soon.

Take care

Wayne!

MAX: So, it is after 1 am, I picks up the phone and calls Wayne. His new Hotel Andalus Number, tell him, before the bombs fall, blow up the phones, that we are getting his ems.

Dial: 964 - Iraq - Country code: 1 - for Baghdad - and his Hotel, 717 2788;

And hear, a loud, clear, and ? American ?? recorded voice:

"Calls to this country are NOT PERMITTED - Message 22"

I guess: too late ! they've pulled the plug ! poor wayne won't know we are hanging on his every word

Call Telstra. "Yes, we have had this since the 17th" What ? there's something wrong there, I have talked to Baghdad on the 18th, and just got this em I insist. The operator tries it, gets the same "Calls to this country are not permitted". Such a nice way of putting it !

I try various end runs, get thru - won't mention how - to Baghdad, but not to Wayne.

TOO LATE ?

Wayne had just written:

"Thought I would take this opportunity, maybe the last opportunity for a while, to give you a very brief update on our filming in Iraq..

Our Subject: In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq

Over the past four to five weeks we have had the unfettered opportunity to film a wide variety of situations and characters across Iraq. We feel that this will form an intimate and comprehensive insight into people and nature of Iraqi society.

As the world heads towards war, we will continue to document life as the machinations of this highly contraversal war unfolds against the society and people of Iraq.

We have filmed some excellent scenes and have a diversity of characters and situations. We plan to call this program, "In the shadow of the Palms - Iraq".

It still will be possible to produce the proposed (separate film) Shaking the Chador, but due to the nature of what is happening here, we believe the priority will be given to "In the shadow of the Palms - Iraq", a more comprehensive documentary on Iraq. I look forward in hearing your feedback via the Sydney office.

We will continue to film as Baghdad prepares for this controversial war.

Sincerely

Wayne Coles-Janess
Producer
Baghdad


Well, after several hard hours, I did get thru, did get Wayne, it was 2 a.m. for him, he intends to stay. That message, that calls to Iraq are 'NOT PERMITTED", was, it turned out, premature Today Telstra called me and said it wasn't them. They couldn't tell me who it was, "privacy policy" - but they insisted that they have not pulled the plug.

Even if H Downer et all have been doing their best to cut that country off, tell the media, the monitors, the Australians, Human Shields, Peace Teamniks, to "get out, or (we will) kill you."

No witnesses - to the killing - are required. For the Adolfs, Mussos, Francos and Hermanns, it is obvious that communications should be cut, silence shall be golden.


BUT THERE ARE STILL WITNESSES GOOD PEOPLE IN IRAQ:

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH 2003-03-19

LATEST: AFTERNOON SYDNEY TIME, EARLY MORNING IN BAGHDAD

I was able to reach Rosemarie Gillespie at the 7th April Water Purification plant - still unbombed, still treating Tigris water for the hospitals of Baghdad.

Question MW: Can you, the Human Shields, leave - if you want to ? (as the Australian Government has been pressing you to):

A: We can. But we won't. The Border is, or at least was yesterday (on Tuesday) open. The Iraqis have to stay (see below, for the earlier statement of the 5 Australian human shields..)

Q: Bush and Co say the Iraqis should surrender, will probably surrender

A: The problem is that Bush believes his own bullshit. It is a fantasy that the people here are so dissatisfied with the government. If the US (and OZ) proceed the the same tactics there will be a fight, a war, that will make the Bay of Pigs (for young readers: the attempted invasion of Cuba in April 1961, by an American/Cuban exile (gusano) force, which ended in utter defeat for the invaders) - that will make the Bay of Pigs look like a Teddy Bear's picnick.

The US, and Oz, are making a very serious, very dangerous, miscalculation. They will cause terrible suffering

Q: How are you, you all ?

A: Very good. We are ten here now, one more Japanese, and two more Brits.

Q: What about the Iraq Peace Team, Neville Watson, the pastor from Perth where is he ?

A: He's at the Hotel AlFanak, room 205, tel 718 8007 or 717 2833.

Q: How many ? Are they staying ?

A: About 26. Yes, they will stay, whatever the escalation. I think he's the only Australian, (most are apparently US Americans). The Iraq Peace Team is from the Project: "Voices in the Wilderness", their headquarters are in Chicago..

Q: Some of the Warniks, trying to put these efforts down, say you are "hostages" to Saddam, have to go where told.

A: Utter nonsense. As usual. We chose where we want to go, our sites.

(in an earlier conversation Rosemarie explained the terrible effects of the 1991 bombing, destroying water purification plants and the necessary electric power stations, in killing many children drinking polluted river water. I believe this led her to chose the 7th April Water Purification Plant on the Tigris)

Q: Rosemarie: Dr. Gillian Deakin, (of MAPW - Medical Association for the Prevention of War) has called and written "As Rosemarie is an old friend of mine, I was shocked to read her piece from Iraq. However, I would dearly like her to get a direct quote from one of the doctors there who treat patients suffering from war trauma (landmines, cluster bomb, or simply infectious diseases due to sabotage of water/sewerage).  I need a concise, scientifically accurate quote.

Would you be able to eiterh give me Rosemary's address or pass this on to her?

Gillian Deakin MAPW

A: I did visit a hospital in Basra, and wrote about their problems, about 2 weeks ago. (mw: article can be found, send, if necessary). But it is a very good point, I'll try and work on it today.


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